PUBLIC DISABILITY NOTICE
The Rockwood School District is required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability. This includes children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.
As a Missouri district, Rockwood is required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities under their jurisdiction from birth to age twenty-one (21). Required information includes the child’s name, birth date, age, disability, services, and parent/guardian’s name and address. Anyone with knowledge of a child with a disability not already receiving public school services may contact Rockwood’s Coordinator of Special Education, 504, and Homebound Services.
The Rockwood School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.
The Rockwood School District, in partnership with the Special School District (SSD) of St. Louis County, assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA-2004) educational disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.
The Rockwood School District assures that it will provide FAPE to children attending its schools with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the provision of an appropriate education is the provision of regular or special and related aids and services that (i) are designed to meet individual educational needs of disabled persons as adequately as the needs of nondisabled persons are met and (ii) are based on adherence to procedures that satisfy the requirements of the 504 federal regulations. The Rockwood School District has developed a 504/Title II Procedures Manual for the implementation of federal regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Subpart D. This Procedures Manual is available for public review.
The Rockwood School District and the Special School District (SSD) assure that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The Rockwood School District and the Special School District (SSD) have each developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), pursuant to their specific programs. The plan contain each agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). Each of the Local Compliance Plans are available for public review.
To review the stated documents, please contact the appropriate office:
- Rockwood Early Childhood Center at Clarkson Valley, 2730 Valley Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm.
- Special School District’s Office of the Superintendent of Schools during regular school hours on days school is in session.
This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.